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Bedfordshire Constituency

Governors representing our Bedfordshire Constituency

Deputy Chairman of Council of Governors – Roger Turner
Term of office: Term September 2017 to September 2020
E-mail: please mark for the attention of Roger Turner to rogerhturner10@virginmedia.com
Address: C/O Board Secretary, Luton and Dunstable University Hospital, Lewsey Road, Luton LU4 0DZ

There has been a significant increase in the performance of the L&D over the last few years.

However, the hospital is facing difficult challenges with pressure on funding and increased patient numbers. The current hospital site is old and in urgent need of redevelopment to provide a modern and safe patient environment, whilst maintaining and improving patient care and clinical outcomes. As Lead Governor I have been involved with the redevelopment plans and in challenging the Non-Executive Directors to deliver the hospital’s strategic plan.

I want to continue to be a Governor to see the redevelopment through to a successful conclusion, whilst continuing to be a voice for the patients and public in improving the services offered by the L&D.

I was Chief Executive of a voluntary organisation for older people with 100,000 members and understand the need to communicate with members and keep them informed of what is going on. I was responsible for a turnover of over £1.5m and have sufficient financial knowledge to ask pertinent questions of the Finance Director. I have been a school Governor on two schools in Houghton Regis.

I am working with my GP practice to develop a dementia friendly practice and with the local Clinical Commissioning Group to give a patient’s voice. I am currently Lead Governor at the L&D and have a good understanding of the workings of the NHS.

Jennifer Gallucci
Term of office: September 2018 to September 2021 (Second term of office)
Email: please mark for the attention of Jennifer Gallucci to governors@ldh.nhs.uk
Address: C/O Board Secretary, Luton and Dunstable University Hospital, Lewsey Road, Luton LU4 0DZ
I will bring enthusiasm, commitment and hard work to the role of Governor to help achieve a positive future.

From an early career in hospital pathology to working in schools as a science technician, to lecturing in health & social care, assessing and quality assuring NVQs in Care, becoming a First Aid trainer and examiner, and now volunteering as a ‘good neighbour’ and Secretary of the voluntary organisation Houghton Regis Helpers, I have gained wide experience in hospital services, residential and domiciliary care. I believe effective communication and consultation between management, staff, patients, their families and carers is key to the successful future of the Trust. As a Public Governor for Bedfordshire I would seek to support, value and respect all parties inclusively, in particular external partners and stakeholders.

I am reliable and hard-working, have good organisational skills and have been told I am a good listener. I have experience in advocating with both health and social care services on behalf of vulnerable adults and continue to work freelance as a self-employed tutor and assessor. I am a Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health and recently became a Dementia Friend. I keep up to date with Safeguarding training, understand the importance of Data Protection and confidentiality and have enhanced DBS clearance. I have great admiration for all hospital and medical staff for their care and dedication and I believe I will bring patience and compassion to the role.

Linda Grant
Term of office: September 2017 to September 2020 (First term of office)
Email: please mark for the attention of Linda Grant to governors@ldh.nhs.uk
Address: C/O Board Secretary, Luton and Dunstable University Hospital, Lewsey Road, Luton LU4 0DZ

I am a volunteer advocate and I work in the Bedfordshire community, supporting people who find it hard to put their views across and feel they are not being listened to. Within this role I work with vulnerable people who could be at risk. I work with the community health teams and ELFT
the Mental Health teams and ensure their patients are provided with the best possible services. I am also a debt counsellor and help people with their financial problems. I am a director of Healthwatch Central Bedfordshire which enables me to understand both sides of situations concerning the
patient. I am the mental health champion and I attend stakeholder meetings to represent the service user’s view point. I have also had previous experience working with the NHS for a large pharmaceutical company specialising in Women’s health.

Sue Steffens
Term of office: September 2016 to September 2019 (First term of office)
E-mail: please mark for the attention of Sue Stefens to governors@ldh.nhs.uk
Address: C/O Board Secretary, Luton and Dunstable University Hospital, Lewsey Road, Luton LU4 0DZ

Central Bedfordshire’s population is expanding with further expansion in progress. As NHS services nationally are under pressure, it is essential that the Trust is able to meet any challenges locally as they occur. As a governor I would wish to engage with as many patients and their families as possible and be able to feedback any comments or voice concerns as they occur. To challenge practice and matters of quality care and support when regulators are visiting as appropriate. If pressures are identified within the Trust, there is suitable plans in place to maintain quality services which are accessible to the local population.

With over 40 years as a nurse working in hospital, community services and NHS commissioning I would like to use the skills and knowledge gained as a governor. My experience includes working with key statutory agencies; social care, education and police. I have a special interest in public health and quality assurance and have undertaken many inspection of services by NHS and Social Care Regulatory Agencies.
I have worked closely with families to ensure their health and social needs are met. This entailed working with a variety of health professionals in different settings.

As a governor I would bring these skills to challenge and support the Trust to enable them to meet the needs of local people.

Dorothy Ferguson
Term of office: September 2018 to September 2021 (Third term of office)
Email: please mark for the attention of Dorothy Ferguson to Dorothy.Ferguson@ldh.nhs.uk
Address: C/O Board Secretary, Luton and Dunstable University Hospital, Lewsey Road, Luton LU4 0DZ

Having cut down my work commitments and been a Trust member for a few years, I enquired about voluntary work. After a brief conversation and visit, I was asked due to my background if I would like to join The Outpatient Transformation Board as a patient representative. I accepted as I had been an inpatient and outpatient in the past. In addition I had experience in working in both the Private and Public sectors with Marks and Spencer, a GP Practice and a NHS Hospital Trust. Having spent time as a patient representative my interest in becoming a Governor increased. I would therefore like to take this opportunity to thank all the Trust members who voted for me. I am now on two committees and I have spent time in the Patient Experience Centre speaking directly to patients. I intend to do this more often in 2013 as I am convinced that ongoing dialogue and communication will enhance the patient experience within the Trust.

Jim Thakoordin
Term of office: September 2017 to September 2020 (Returning)
E-mail: please mark for the attention of Jim Thakoordin to governors@ldh.nhs.uk
Address: C/O Board Secretary, Luton and Dunstable University Hospital, Lewsey Road, Luton LU4 0DZ

Thank you for electing me a Governor of L&D in 2015 Good healthcare is a human and democratic right. Our NHS is under threat. We must all help to save it and ensure high standards: efficient, caring, equal and accessible care for everyone from birth to death. If re-elected, I will continue to:

  • Work with governors, staff and the public to support and Improve performance at the L&D; oppose further privatisation; closure of wards; transfer of essential services to other hospitals and campaign for more funding for health and community care
  • Listen to and consult with the public and inform the Trust of your concerns
  • Protect and expand local services to meet needs and expectations
  • Speak out, ask questions, constructively challenge and hold Directors to account
  • Work to reduce health inequality and improve access to healthcare for all, regardless of age, disability, class, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion or culture.

I have been a Trust patient, governor, volunteer and non executive director for many years and have much experience and commitment in ensuring high standards at L&D.

Married: 2 children, 4 grandchildren, love gardening and written 14 books, 2 on Mental Health/Disabilities.
As a College/University Lecturer and community champion I will use my skills, knowledge and experience; including: understanding of employment law; strategic management practice and change; human resources; advocacy; chairing meetings; managing budgets and holding senior management/directors to account.

Matthew Towner
Term of office: September 2018 to September 2021 (First term of office)
E-mail: please mark for the attention of Matthew Towner to governors@ldh.nhs.uk 
Address: C/O Board Secretary, Luton and Dunstable University Hospital, Lewsey Road, Luton LU4 0DZ

I am a Pharmacy Technician by profession and have worked for the NHS my entire career.

The L&D was my first NHS employer and I remained with the team here for approximately 8 years. So, I am very excited to be back working with the Trust again as the team culture here really is fantastic.

As a governor, my aim is to ensure that the excellent performance and reputation of the L&D is maintained by working constructively with my fellow governors, ensuring that we appropriately hold to account the decisions that are made and the direction we are headed in.